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obituary

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noun, obit·u·ary \ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē, ō-, -ˈbi-chə-rē\

Simple Definition of obituary

  • : an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of obituary

plural obituaries

  1. :  a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account

obituarist play \-ˈbi-chə-ˌwər-ist, -ˈbi-chə-rist\ noun
obituary adjective

Examples of obituary in a sentence

  1. I read her obituary in the newspaper.

  2. <several obituaries for Herman Melville portrayed him as an obscure, largely forgotten author>



Origin of obituary

Medieval Latin obituarium, from Latin obitus death


First Known Use: 1703


OBITUARY Defined for Kids

obituary

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noun obit·u·ary \ō-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē\

Definition of obituary for Students

plural obituaries

  1. :  a notice of a person's death (as in a newspaper)





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